The USF - NESA Collaboration

The USF-NESA Collaboration leads the initiative on the Great Power Competition Conference.


USF Marshall Center, Plaza Bull Monuments


 USF, A Preeminent Research University

The University of South Florida (USF), a Preeminent State Research University, located in Tampa, Florida, is ranked in the top 25 public universities for research expenditure and the number one producer of Fulbright Scholars in the nation. USF is uniquely positioned as a national security leader at the university level given its area capabilities and engagement with community partners, corporate partners, and military entities within the Tampa Bay region to include its strong relationships with U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, defense-related industries located within the I-4 corridor, military veterans (James A. Haley VA Hospital), and retired officials for U.S. intelligence agencies, the Department of Defense, Department of State, and other federal agencies. 

In addition to being designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity, USF provides a home for the study and debate of national and homeland security, offering degree programs and certificates in Intelligence Studies; Public Health Disaster Management, Humanitarian Relief, and Homeland Security; Emergency Management, and Executive Education.

NESA Center

The NESA Center, National Defense University in Washington, D.C. 

General Wolff

LTG (R) Terry Wolff, Director, NESA, GPC Conference Plenary Speaker

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies is the primary U.S. Department of Defense Regional Center that focuses on enhancing security cooperation between the U.S. and partners in the Near East and South Asia (NESA) region. The NESA team leverages practitioner and academic experience to provide a collaboratve space for policymakers to discuss security strategies and cultivate relationships. Its vision is a secure, prosperous NESA region, committed to collaborative, inclusive security and whole-of-government approaches to security and socio-political challenges.

The NESA Center strives to build and sustain communities of influence and partnership among security professionals and other key stakeholders throughout the NESA region. The efforts of our expansive alumni network -- numbering to nearly 10,000 alumni-- ensure that foreign policy communities around the world are becoming better equipped to provide answers and analyses towards some of the toughest security challenges impacting our world. NESA participants, who include foreign and defense policy professionals, diplomats, academics, and civil society leaders, come from the NESA region and beyond to partake in our seminars, workshops, and Track II diplomacy programs, aimed at catalyzing solutions for the challenging region, extending from North Africa across the Arabian Peninsula and into South Asia. Working with U.S. universities create opportunities to engage with academics who focus on these issues and learn from their expertise. The NESA Center is proud to work with the University of South Florida (USF) on this program, as it has done in past years on events relating to the security of the Near East region. 



Collaborative NESA Space for policymakers to discuss security strategies and cultivate relationships. 

General Hayden2

General Michael Hayden, retired U.S. Air Force Four-Star General, former Director of National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Director of Central Intelligence Agency